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There are many IT considerations when it comes to disaster recovery. Backing up data is one thing, but can you recover both your data and compute capabilities, and have you tested what would happen ...

There are many IT considerations when it comes to disaster recovery. Backing up data is one thing, but can you recover both your data and compute capabilities, and have you tested what would happen in the event of a disaster?

Download our Guide to Business Continuity Planning and UnitedLayer Disaster Recovery Solutions for helpful information on business continuity planning, disaster recovery considerations and how managed service providers like UnitedLayer can help.

UnitedLayer, LLC is a premier IT infrastructure provider serving enterprise clients. We offer colocation, managed services, private clouds, business continuity solutions and hybrid hosting out of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Ashburn and Toronto.

We are known for our world-class, SSAE 16-certified, fully redundant datacenter facilities with extreme connectivity. As well as our 24/7 stellar customer service and the ability to deploy and manage comprehensive IT infrastructure solutions.

Contact Information:
888-853-7733
sales@unitedlayer.com
www.unitedlayer.com


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UnitedLayer Guide to Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Solutions_Data Backup, Data Recovery, Colocation-Data Centers_San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Ashburn, Toronto UnitedLayer Guide to Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Solutions_Data Backup, Data Recovery, Colocation-Data Centers_San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Ashburn, Toronto Document Transcript

  • A Guide toBusiness ContinuityPlanning andUnitedLayerDisaster RecoverySolutions
  • CONTENT INTRODUCTION 3 TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS 5 General tips that are applicable to most companies HOW MANAGED SERVICES PROVIDERS CAN HELP 6 Key ways that a managed service provider can benefit your business UNITEDLAYER DISASTER RECOVERY SOLUTIONS 7 How we can help protect your business KEY TAKEAWAYS 8 ABOUT UNITEDLAYER 82 © 2012 UnitedLayer LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  • INTRODUCTION Business continuity and disaster recovery must be UnitedLayer a key part of a company’s overall planning process. Disaster events are unpredictable, so it is crucial to operates more take a proactive approach in the overall planning before it is too late. than 40,000 sq ft of managed Failure in any part of your business processes will translate to a loss of revenue in most cases; a situation Data Center Space that no business wants to be in. However with a clear, well thought out business continuity and disaster at 200 Paul Avenue recovery plan, your business can do everything in in San Francisco. its power to mitigate the risks and minimize time to recovery. We are a 24x365 This paper gives any business a simple outline of operation that can business continuity planning. We’ll start with a brief offer flexible and description on the types of events that can affect continuous operation of your business. We’ll then shift tailored solutions to our focus to IT considerations, offering solid advice for protecting your organization’s critical technology meet your assets. Finally, we will discuss how managed solutions Data Center can help streamline disaster recovery processes and minimize the burden on internal IT resources. requirements. BUSINESS CONTINUITY • Critical Systems Identification PLANNING • Business Continuity Drills HR, IT, POWER, • UnitedLayer Managed Services TELECOM, LOGISTICS DISASTER RECOVERY • UnitedLayer Availability, Backup, HIGH AVAILABILITY Archival and Recovery Services ARCHIVAL3 © 2012 UnitedLayer LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  • DISASTROUS EVENTS THAT CAN AFFECT YOUR BUSINESS The first step in preparing your business for disaster is Determine critical identifying the potential threats, such as: systems that require • Natural and localized disasters such as – earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, and fires uptime and • Failure of IT systems such as the network, file establish their servers, and software applications • Power outages such as utility failures Recovery Time • Human threats such as sabotage, virus attacks, terrorism and other crimes Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point A business continuity plan takes into account such events and identifies issues that are absolutely critical Objectives (RPO). for maintaining the essential operations to run your business. The plan should also take into account tangible and non-tangible costs your business may need to cover during a failure event. BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING A business continuity plan encompasses not only IT, but also takes into account other functions of the business, such as staff and facilities. A business continuity plan asks the question - If there is some sort of an interruption to the regular business processes, what is needed to keep the business going? Look at everything that your business needs to stay operational, IT and beyond. During the planning process, it is also helpful to list business functions in order of importance. Identify the functions if they were to go down that can result in the greatest financial loss to your business. Which could have the greatest impact on the service you provide your customers? Ensure functions that have the greatest impact receive the most attention.4 © 2012 UnitedLayer LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  • TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS Business continuity and disaster recovery will vary for UnitedLayer’s team every business; however here are some general tips that are applicable to most companies: is abreast of the • Organize a business continuity committee that is in latest technologies charge of first creating the disaster recovery plan, and best practices. and then executing and evaluating as necessary. - Ensure that other parts of the organization, Depend on including the IT team and any Managed Services provider, are involved. UnitedLayer as - Determine critical systems that require very high a strong partner uptime; and value them with respect to how it affects financial, PR and other relevant criteria. in your • Establish Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) for any IT systems Business Continuity that have been identified as a part of this process. plans. • Plan, schedule and execute drills to identify and incorporate any ongoing process changes or evolving business realities. Here are some specific IT related considerations when it comes to disaster recovery: • Maintain the IT operations staff necessary to handle the IT requirements in case of a disaster event. • Plan on a low latency, off-premise data replication. • To offset larger disasters such as earthquakes or hurricanes ensure that you are not depending on one geographic location. Ensure that you have backups in at least one different geographical location. • To protect against inadvertent virus infection that might affect your primary and secondary backups, or for any compliance or regulatory requirements, an archival solution such as a tape or virtual tape backup will be necessary. • Have the ability to manage your crucial data and functions remotely.5 © 2012 UnitedLayer LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  • HOW MANAGED SERVICES PROVIDERS CAN HELP There are many IT considerations when it comes to UnitedLayer’s team disaster recovery, and partnering with a Managed Service Provider is often advantageous for a business is abreast of the continuity plan. You will ensure that your data is well protected, and likely also save money by outsourcing to latest technologies specialists that can recommend best practices and have and best practices. made significant investments in reliable, redundant and monitored systems. You can be Here are some key ways that a Managed Services confident in Provider can benefit your business: UnitedLayer as • Modern Tier-3 comparable data centers used by a strong partner reputable service providers are designed and built with the backup infrastructure required to allow for your them to operate on a standalone basis even after a Business Continuity disastrous event has occurred. • Typically, a Managed Services Provider is organized plans. to operate in a robust manner from locations that are geographically diverse. If disaster strikes in one location, your outsourced managed services team will have planned for such an event and will be able to retrieve your data from another of its locations. • A Managed Services team already understands the need for maintaining critical systems and redundancy as they rely on their own network for availability. • The best Managed Services Providers are abreast of the latest technologies and best practices and will use that expertise to bolster the effectiveness of your continuity plan.6 © 2012 UnitedLayer LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  • UNITEDLAYER Disaster Recovery SOLUTIONS How we can help protect your business As a premier managed services provider, UnitedLayer We are committed can help ensure that your critical IT functions are protected and safe. to keeping your At UnitedLayer, we understand your data is one of servers fully the most crucial assets of your business. Let us help you protect your technology assets in the event of operational and any disaster. Our managed services team will: always available • Participate in your business continuity planning process and help your business define parts of with around-the- your plan such as Recovery Time Objectives clock service and (RTOs) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs). • Augment your IT staff during critical events support. by leveraging our IT staff, which is available 24x365. Our team will • Schedule periodic drills to ensure that your disaster plan is both effective and kept up to date alleviate the with your evolving business needs. task-intensive and • Leverage our Tier-3 data centers geographically dispersed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las time consuming Vegas, Ashburn and Toronto. If your primary location goes down for any reason, a secondary installation process. location will ensure that all your data is backed In addition, up and available. • Take advantage of a robust IT infrastructure our team can and network to continue to operate despite any local failures in terms of localized power, natural perform simple disasters or other unforeseen events and threats. troubleshooting or All UnitedLayer systems are constantly monitored. maintenance tasks Reports are issued on an ongoing basis to ensure that any potential trouble spots are dealt with 24x365 a year. immediately. DISASTER RECOVERY SOLUTIONS FROM UNITEDLAYER INCLUDE: • Comprehensive audit of your business operations and data center • Redundancy across our Tier-3 data centers in multiple geographies: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Virginia and Toronto • Network architecture to meet your security, performance and cost goals • Replicate your expensive EMC and NetApp fillers to cost-effective storage systems • Tape Backup, Rotation, Vaulting and Recovery Services • Comprehensive recovery drills7 © 2012 UnitedLayer LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  • KEY TAKEAWAYS When it comes to disaster recovery planning for your business, ensure that you understand the potential “We are threats, have a plan in place to deal with them, get your always here IT resources on board, and use a Managed Services Provider, such as UnitedLayer, to increase the value of for you.” your team and plan. ABOUT UNITEDLAYER UnitedLayer, LLC is a premier IT infrastructure provider serving enterprise clients. UnitedLayer offers colocation, managed services, private clouds and business continuity solutions out of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Ashburn and Toronto. UnitedLayer is known for its world-class, SAS 70-certified, fully redundant datacenter facilities with extreme connectivity as well as its ability to deploy and manage comprehensive IT infrastructure solutions. UnitedLayer is headquartered at 200 Paul in San Francisco, one of the most networked internet points of presence in the world. UnitedLayer operates a dual-stacked, high-performance, nationwide IPv4/IPv6 network backbone, and all services are backed by high- touch 24/7/365 support. Contact Us for more information or a complimentary consultation. UnitedLayer, LLC. 200 Paul Ave, Suite 110, San Francisco, CA 94124 Main Phone: (415) 349-2100 Toll Free: (888) 853-7733 sales@unitedlayer.com8 www.unitedlayer.com © 2012 UnitedLayer LLC. All Rights Reserved.